Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Spy...


I am:
Sara, a daughter of God.
I think:
I need to be nicer to myself.
I want:
To be debt free.
I have:
The best family in the whole world.
I dislike:
Kids that don't get along with each other.
I miss:
My family in Utah.
I fear:
My kids won't make the right decisions when they're teenagers.
I feel:
Sad that we are having another big snow storm tonight, Enough already!
I hear:
Barbie- Rapunzel movie playing.
I smell:
Oatmeal that I had for breakfast.
I crave:
Chocolate and peanut butter anything.
I cry:
Before that 'time of the month'.
I regret:
How I treated my parents in my youth.
I search:
The news for any shocking stories.
I wonder:
If I'll have to babysit other people's kids forever.
I love:
Dave, more than anything!
I care:
When my neighbor's sidewalks aren't shoveled.
I always:
Have gum in my purse.
I worry:
About the health of my parents.
I am not:
Liking politics these days.
I remember:
Old and dear friends.
I believe:
In God the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost.
I dance:
When I'm listening to my ipod while I'm cleaning.
I sing:
When I'm listening to my ipod while I'm cleaning.
I don't always:
Tell the people I love how much they mean to me. I need to do that more!
I argue:
With Connor more than I should. Walk away!!!
I write:
On my blog when I'm feeling creative or feel like a copy-cat.
I win:
When I stay on task during the day.
I lose:
At Settlers of Catan to Dave more than I'd like.
I wish:
I had a Bosch bread mixer.
I listen:
To Chloe sing Wizard of Oz songs all day.
I don't understand:
Why some people abuse their kids. So very sad.
I can usually:
Pull things together last minute. Wish I didn't do this. I used to be more prepared.
I watch:
American Idol with my kids.
I need:
A massage from Suzanna.
I forget:
To take movies and books back to the library on time.
I am happy: When there is love in my home.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Chloe as Dorthy in The Wizard of Oz

Little Miss Chloe decided she wanted to pretend and be Dorthy...all day long. She went up to her closet and picked out what she thought was the prefect "Dorthy" dress. She was cracking me up dancing and prancing and singing all the songs from The Wizard of Oz. After we watched the video back on the camera I said, "Chloe, you are too funny" and she replied, "I sure are!!"
Notice the hand gestures and how she preforms for herself in the reflection of the TV. Haha!


video

The Land of Oz


Here are some pictures from the musical, The Wizard of Oz, that the family was involved with last week. It was a great show and we all had a great time!

Munchkinland

Sorceress of the North

The Munchkin Mayor

Dorthy singing with Munchkin Chloe


Dave the Tin Man getting oiled


The Fabulous Four

Chloe turning into a Munchkin

Connor getting make-up on...just what he always wanted.

The Robertson Munchkin kids




Chloe and her buddy, Margret.


Oliver transformed into the Wicked Witch of the West. He was the shrunken version of the witch after the big witch, Bubonia, gets thrown into the cauldron of shrinking potion.

Big and little Bubonia.

The Tinman and the witches, Influenza and Mombi.

The Cast and Crew

Here are the bio's of the kids as they appeared in the program for the play. (Their dad wrote them if you can't tell.)

Stuart Robertson has participated in many plays, but most of them have been the ones his basketball team runs on the court. He loves sports, but finds time to practice the trombone and the piano. Stuart has sung at Solo/Ensemble before and has gotten a first place rating. He has also been in choir before, but this is his first musical.
Connor Robertson has a little know fact about himself; his first name is David. He was named after his Dad. Connor probably got his good looks and sweet stage skills from him too! His previous stage experiences include being the "jolly swagman" in the song "Waltzing Matilda" during an elementary music concert.
Oliver Robertson has preformed many times before this show, but mostly for family members. He loves to sing. Sometimes Oliver sings until his brothers can't stand it any more and then he sings just a little more. It keeps things exciting at his house. When Oliver and his brothers play "Rock Band", he usually is the lead singer. "Mississippi Queen" is his signature song. Oliver plays a Munchkin and the little witch that climbs out of the cauldron.
Chloe Robertson is three years old. She loves that her Daddy's the Director. Chloe has her Dad wrapped around her little finger! This is her first time on stage. Chloe's favorite part of being in the show has been meeting the other cast members, especially Margret Hintz.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Tin Man Diva


As many of you know, Dave is the high school choir teacher at a local school around here. They are about to do the production, The Wizard of Oz. It is always such a stressful time for Dave as the play is so time consuming. To put more pressure on him he has to deal with some kids that only think about themselves. Now I know that that is nothing new, teenagers=selfishness, but the majority of the kids he works with are just delightful and great to be around. He does have a couple of kids that I want wring their necks!! And they are the ones that make life miserable for Dave.
Case in point, the Tin Man. This kid thinks he is Gods gift to the music program at Dave's school. He is a senior this year and is one of the last kids to come through from the previous choir director program (Dave replaced him). I don't think this boy ever gave Dave a chance because he would never compare with his beloved teacher. Last year this boy (let's call him B) had the main part for the production Pirates of Pensance. Not until the day before the opening night did he have his lines down. Dave was a nervous wreck! So this year when he cast B as the Tin Man he did so with much trepidation.
B hasn't been the easiest kid to work with this year. He comes in and criticizes the other kids for not knowing their lines when he himself doesn't either. He has also had some issues with not showing up for rehearsal when others are counting on him to be there. A couple of weeks ago he came into Dave's office and said he wasn't going to be at practice that night because he wanted to go do something else. Dave knows that kids have a lot of activities that they are involved with but from the start he said if they needed to miss they'd have to clear it with him in advance, not the day of. Dave explained to B that they were working on his parts that night and he really needed to be there. Well guess who doesn't show up or call? B! Then his mom had the nerve to call and chew Dave out for being too hard on her kid. After that episode Dave made it clear that if B wanted to be a part of the play he had to commit to the show and show that he really wanted to be there.
A few days ago B came into Dave's office and said that there was a concert that he really wanted to go to. He ask if he could miss but Dave pointed out that it was a few days before opening night and he really couldn't miss since he had a main roll and a lady would be there to fit his costume. B said he didn't know whether or not he would go to practice or not so Dave said, "You're going to to the right thing and come to play practice where the rest of the cast needs you to be." So you guessed it, B choose to go to the concert instead. That really put Dave in a conundrum. It's three days till opening night...he told this kid if he missed he'd be cut and besides that, he was so sick and tired of B's disrespectful attitude, but at the same time who can learn the part in three days?!? He didn't know what to do. He thought, "I can't let this kid have this much control and put me in this position. But then why should I have to go through all this turmoil to either find a replacement or frantically learn all his lines!". I was so mad! I encouraged Dave to make the right choice and cut him, he can't set a bad precedence for the rest of the students. To make matter's worse, Dave found out that the next day at school the boy was bragging to his friends that, "Mr. Robertson doesn't have the nerve to cut me. It's only a few days before the play. He says he'll cut me but I know he won't do it!"
B doesn't know that the worst thing to do is give Mr. Robertson a challenge...he'll take it every time! I know!
So here we are, staying up too late running Dave's new lines every spare moment we have till opening night! I know he'll make a great Tin Man though! I was already so impressed at how well he did last night when we were practicing.
I guess I just have to use this as an example to teach my boys about comitting to something and that if you say you're going to be somewhere where people are counting on you, you have to be there no matter what other better thing comes up. I also will use this to teach my kids that they need to be respectful to their teachers even if they don't agree with them.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lately I've been trying out new recipes for the cookie of the week that I've been making for the kids to eat after school and for the pit crew at Dave's play practice. This recipe I just had to share!! It is a wonderful cookie that I'm sure will be a favorite. I got this recipe on allrecipes.com. Almost 1000 people gave it 4 1/2 stars so I had to put it to the test. Yesterday I gave one to Dave's principle at his school (he is also Dave's good friend) and asked him if he were to rate this cookie out of 5 stars what would he give it. He said he'd give it a 6! So try it out for yourself and see if it's a hit at your house!

Ingredients:

1 c. soften butter
1 1/2 c. white sugar (I used 3/4 c. white sugar & 3/4 c. brown sugar)
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. cocoa powder
3/4 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 1 bag of Reese's peanut butter chips & 3/4 c. choc. chunks)
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional, I didn't use)

Note: Sorry to those who tried to make this recipe before I fixed the mistake. A friend notified me of a typo in the recipe. So sorry. It's correct now!

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In large bowl, beat sugars, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift with a wire whisk in another bowl; flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the butter/sugar mixture and mix until well blended. Mix in the chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheet before transferring to the wire racks to cool completely.
4. Enjoy and try not to eat too many!!